I bow to you Mr Cruise, a chameleon of recovery that constantly cops shit but rises from the ashes like a phoenix time and time again. About ten years ago I had personally given up on you, relegating you to a master of the 80s who should pass into history and some kind of alcohol or drug recovery place but then yours last three films have been brilliant. OBLIVION, EDGE OF TOMORROW (aka LIVE, DIE REPEAT) and now this piece of bloody brilliance, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION. It is out tomorrow, Thur 30th in Australia from the lucky happy people Paramount Pictures Australia who are sitting on an amazing cash cow :), it is rated M and it runs for 131mins of high octane popcorn fuelled adrenaline thumping joy
BY JASON KING
How is it that a franchise releases a brilliant espionage movie 19yrs ago and then follows it up with absolute rubbish, a very mediocre third instalment and a better fourth instalment and then slams a home run with their fifth film? How? Usually by this time people would be saying “go away, we have had enough, Cruise is an idiot, GIVE UP!” But no, his persistence and dedication to his craft has paid off again. As usual Mr Cruise throws his all in for his movie by being one of the producers and also doing all his own stunts, how on earth they manager to insure him is cause for investigation.
But insure him they do and throw up a huge budget to see it through they also do, and this film uses every cent to give us one slick looking action film that basically sticks its finger up at the upcoming Bond movie, this truly gives us one A grade spy movie that at the same time also pokes a little bit of fun at itself. Originally planned for a December release they did some uber smart analysis of the release dates and smartly realised they would shoot themselves in the head releasing it against STAR WARS. ROGUE NATION is also hitting up a lot of IMAX cinemas and there aren’t many around so again they would lose to STAR WARS, so they got in first and at a time when nothing mega huge is out they can take every box office cent two weeks into ANTMAN screening. I don’t pay for movies, career perk, but I would happily part with money to see this one.
The above pic, the one everyone has been talking about is the major stunt Tom Cruise insisted on performing, he truly is hanging off the side of that plane. The logistics in filming it were phenomenal, he did that stunt eight times for the eight takes, and he had lenses specially designed to cover his entire eye balls so he could keep his eyes open against the wind force and dust particles. He really wanted to beat his stunt from GHOST PROTOCOL on the outside of that bloody building in Dubai and boy oh boy did he!!
The cool thing, the plane scene, the highlight of the trailers, is the opening scene like a true Bond opening, it was done and dusted and the entire scene was a perfect opener for the movie that set the pace and let you know to expect a damn fine movie.
ROGUE NATION takes off not long after the end of GHOST PROTOCOL where Ethan discusses “The Syndicate” with his team and sets out to investigate them. THE SYNDICATE is an anti/ opposite IMF group designed to bring about anarchy and destruction of things for their own political and financial agenda. Syndicate members are all ex “forces” people who are listed as possibly missing or dead. They are basically anarchists who are specially trained and lethal and backed by near endless funds, how they came about you will have to learn as I did in the movie :).
At the start of the movie the IMF is disbanded and placed under the control of the CIA and their leader Hunley (Alec Baldwin), a man totally against the IMF and them having complete control and no oversight in their actions, he wants them taken apart and for Ethan Hunt to answer for all his deeds. Problem is they can’t find or capture Hunt. Most of the team is working for the CIA and has not heard from Hunt but things will, of course, heat up and the action will begin continue as Ethan gets wind of The Syndicate.
In a Syndicate attempt to interrogate and torture Hunt he is saved by a beautiful, irresistible and lethal woman in Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) – a woman who you will spend the entire movie trying to work out if she is good or if she is bad, a woman I fell in love with and would happily turn for. She is the female version of Ethan and his perfect match. She is sexy, cool, diabolical and damned lucky a lot of the time but her fighting style was soooooooo sexy, she could gladly place a dagger through the top of my skull.
It is also great to spend time with the team again, Benji (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) are all amazing in their parts and the movie is made from their symbiotic partnering with Ethan. Benji is always superb as the genius and comic relief.
ROGUE NATION sees a different arc for Ethan, we already know he is the ultimate spy, the guy who will do everything, a guy who will always die to protect his team if need be, we know he is loyal to the cause and the comfort of humanity by being that guy who will stop evil and use any means necessary to achieve the correct result but in this we see Ethan realise there is not much else to his character, Ilsa offers him a way out but Ethan is Ethan, a last tin soldier who is nothing but his mission. We never see anything of Ethan besides the action and the fighting and trying not to die while pursuing bad guys and in this film Ethan realises he is that guy, he is so caught up in IMF he will die epitomising the meaning of IMF, in one of the more hilarious lines from the movie when it was taking the piss of itself (god I hope it was, the entire cinema laughed) Hunley (Alec Baldwin) turns to the Prime Minister of the UK and says something along the lines of “Ethan is the human manifestation of destiny.” He is that Jedi Knight for the people, the Dark Knight in the shadows who is more human than all the other heroes but at the same time does stunts just as preposterous.
The best thing about this movie, while the IMF is amazing when everything goes like clockwork, the movie and team perform better when everything goes to shit, seeing Tom Cruise slide over a car bonnet after drowning, being electrocuted back to life and then running for his life is a refreshing site to see.
I could bang on and on about this movie, totes loved it for an action movie, you have seen some of it before, but the film never relents and it is basically awesome action scene after awesome action scene, this is their FURIOUS 7 of the franchise and it is worth every cent!
Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).